A new study is available on the costs and returns of establishing and maintaining trailing blackberry (e.g., ‘Marion’ or ‘Black Diamond’) for organic production in Oregon. The information used for this cost study came from organic research trial results at Oregon State University’s North Willamette Research and Extension Center. The cost study was developed by Olya Rysin, Dept. Agricultural and Resource Economics, North Carolina State University and Bernadine Strik, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University. We appreciate the valuable input from our grower collaborators, Javier Fernandez-Salvador (Ph.D. candidate), Emily Dixon and Renee Harkins (former M.S. graduate students) and Amanda Vance (Faculty Research Assistant). This study was part of a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (Formula Grant no. OREI 2010-01940; ORE00409).
The budget program was created for farmers considering starting or expanding a commercial organic blackberry operation for machine-harvest, processed markets in Oregon. The cost study is provided in excel file format where growers can edit the numbers to make it more relevant for their situation. Please refer to the “Cover” and “Assumptions” sheets in the file for more information – Bernadine Strik, Extension Berry Crops Professor, OSU
A fresh market blackberry study is also available on the costs and returns of establishing and maintaining erect blackberry (e.g. ‘Ouachita’) for organic production in Oregon. See the budget program for more information.